2016 Public Literary Events

The lineup of readings and lectures for the 2016 conference was as follows:

Evening Readings

Readings started with a wine reception at 7 p.m. The evening’s program began at 7:30.

Sunday, July 24 – Major Jackson and Yiyun Li

Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, St. Helena | Map

Monday, July 25 – Brian Teare and Lan Samantha Chang
Beringer Vineyards, St. Helena | Map

Tuesday, July 26 – Brenda Hillman and Charles Baxter
Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena | Map

Wednesday, July 27 – Camille Dungy and Ron Carlson
Domaine Chandon, Yountville | Map

Craft Lectures

All lectures were held at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College in St. Helena (view map).

Monday, July 25

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Brenda Hillman: “Some Live Things Poetry Can Do: (Remembering C.D. Wright)”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Ron Carlson: “My Favorite Sentence in all of Hemingway…and in all of Annie Proulx … Among Other Notes on Craft

Tuesday, July 26

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Camille Dungy: “Art for Life’s Sake: On the Necessity of Politically-Engaged Poetry”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Yiyun Li: “Tolstoy’s Thousand Eyes: What We Can Learn from War and Peace

Wednesday, July 27

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Major Jackson: “The Invisible Architecture of Poetry”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Lan Samantha Chang: “The Importance of the Inner Life”

Thursday, July 28

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Brian Teare: “A Song in the Theater of Reason: Lyric Thinking”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Charles Baxter: “Notes on the Dramatic Image”